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Collected articles about new findings affecting Early Learning and Literacy Connections.
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A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom

A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I took my handicapped dog of 15 years for a walk in the grass. Maddie has gone from not being able to walk on her hind legs (a neurological problem) to gradually being able to walk with an awkward, b
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take advantage of high interest to encourage research and expand learning.

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Educational Leadership:Engaging the Whole Child (online only):The Neuroscience of Joyful Education

Educational Leadership:Engaging the Whole Child (online only):The Neuroscience of Joyful Education | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Have you planned to include positive experiences in your lesson?  Dopamine is a powerful learning aid...here are some ideas to add some to your plans.

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Boost Your Children’s Test Success With

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Help your children build strong memories and test taking skills.
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Helping student gain educational advantages with brain-boosting strategies.

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Want Children to “Pay Attention”? Make Their Brains Curious!

Want Children to “Pay Attention”? Make Their Brains Curious! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Force feeding won’t work even on a hungry brain.
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Adding novelty to a topic creates the interest to encourage learning.

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Learning Tools: Preschool Prep

Learning Tools: Preschool Prep | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose learning tools: preschool prep . Help your kids build friendships and gain world know-how as they gear up for their first years of school.
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Some websites with a particular focus for preschool, along with annotations and ratings.  Nicely done.

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Brain Matters: Maximizing Your Classroom for Learning -- THE Journal

Brain Matters: Maximizing Your Classroom for Learning -- THE Journal | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
David Sousa, educational consultant, advises teachers to keep brain science in mind when figuring out how to help their students learn.
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Tips for keeping the class involved in the learning cycle - making connections count in a variety of ways.

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37 Free Online National Geographic Books

37 Free Online National Geographic Books | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
37 fabulous non-fiction books from National Geographic. They e-books will even read the words to the kids! Find them all HERE
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Here are great non-fiction resources to give your youngster information on his or her favorite topic from the cute to the curious!

 

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Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians p...

Via The Librarian, Glenda Morris, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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Active learning - at YOUR neighborhood library - finding and using the best resources - with the help of your local librarian. It's not just books, anymore. Learning and literacy incorporates information from EVERWHERE.

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Carole Bird's curator insight, April 13, 2013 3:39 AM

YES! This is a great description of what we do - or would dearly like to do.

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This is the face of the library - active learning is everywhere!!!!
David Sanger's curator insight, April 27, 2013 10:57 PM

Good video to use in promoting our library programs.

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Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence

Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”


Via Karen Bonanno
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There is a definite need for guidance - finding the right material for the most effective learning does not "just happen".  So many schools are losing the advantages they could give struggling learners by opting to lessen or eliminate certified librarian positions.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 9, 2013 1:35 AM

Essential findings and commentary on this important issue for each school community.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:05 AM

We need to keep reading to keep learning in life.

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21st century learners 2010

21st Century Learning Keynote presentation BC 2010 - Catholic School Conference of Nelson Diocese October 20-22, 2010 Immaculata Regional High School, Kelowna,
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This has great stats and ideas for discussion and resources to expand into programs ad projects for students and teachers.

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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival
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Hmmmmm It seems to me that we doing these things before testing became soooo important....just sayin'

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Trisha Riche' is a kindergarten inclusion teacher at R. L. Brown Elementary in Jacksonville, FL. The grade-level chair at her school, Trisha was selected as one of the top ten most innovative educat
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Adding interest through novelty - brain-based applications...

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Teach about Brain

Teach about Brain | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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When students recognize the adaptability they have and the control they have on developing their best strategies for learning, they gain a great advantage for solving problems and expanding ideas.

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Giftedness Not Unwrapped—We All Lose

Giftedness Not Unwrapped—We All Lose | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Unwrapping your children’s unrecognized giftedness By Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed....
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"When you increase the opportunities for your gifted children to become more comfortable embracing their gifts, you help them build the resilience and knowledge to take on our society's future needs and be tomorrow’s leaders, policymakers, and visionaries."  Advice for mentoring.

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Paren Tips

Paren Tips | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Helping to incorporate brain-based learning connections into  learning activities.

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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does.
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Good reminders to stay involved with your students and what they read.

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Study Vibe - Music for Learning

Study Vibe - Music for Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Music helps to calm the mind and enhance learning - here are samples of good  selections for studying/learning background.

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ZERO TO THREE: ter_key_social_persistent

ZERO TO THREE: ter_key_social_persistent | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn how you can help your baby or toddler become a persistent problem-solver when faced with challenges.
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Early learning experiences have a great impact of skill development. Learning from mistakes is a big part of problem solving.  Guidance and review of the process helps to strenghten the process. 

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Reading to Young Children | Child Trends Databank

Reading to Young Children | Child Trends Databank | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Keep on reading - more proof on benefits - the earlier, the better!!!!

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Back Channeling With Six and Seven Year Olds

Back Channeling With Six and Seven Year Olds | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Back Channeling With Six and Seven Year Olds
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Absolutely wonderful example of technology added to ENHANCE the learning.  Thank you for sharing!

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research
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an update from education's viewpoint - good to see - compare it with American Library Association's best...

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25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement
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Great ideas with adaptable opportunities to insert a little POP or POW into a lesson.

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